Apparitions Launch Giveaway Winners

Apparitions Launch Giveaway Winners

It is my honor to announce the Apparitions Launch Giveaway winners, but first, I must say THANK YOU to everyone who entered.

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1st prize: $10/ £10 Amazon Giftcard

Valerie U.

2nd prize: Copy of “Apparitions” and “Serendipity”

Nikki J.

All winners will be contacted and have 48 hours to claim their prize

Thanks again to everyone who entered and helped me to spread the word about Apparitions.  If you weren’t one of the lucky winners, you can purchase the book from Amazon or your favorite ebook retailer by clicking here.


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Apparitions is Available Now & Win Prizes

The long-awaited launch day is finally here and Apparitions is available now!  HUGE thanks to my amazing husband and family for all your support.  Today wouldn’t be happening if it wasn’t for YOU!

ApparitionsAdoration.  Desire.  Passion.  Apparitions explores something everyone is familiar with.  Dreams.  We all have them.

Written from a unique, anonymous, perspective, the narrator takes you on a journey through time and consciousness.  And the multitude of physical and emotional responses experienced when you are attracted to someone.

Do they feel the same way?  What should be done or said in their company?

Affection and love are the greatest gifts one can give another.  No matter how old you are, love makes you young again.  It is all encompassing, involving body, mind and soul.

Apparitions is a very emotionally driven story.  One that will arouse, excite and delight the senses.

Buy Apparitions now to enter into a sensual, romantic, dreamy world.

Help spread the word and win prizes

The giveaway is open between Friday, May 27, 2016 and Sunday, June 5, 2016

1st prize: $10/ £10 Amazon Giftcard

2nd prize: Copy of “Apparitions” and “Serendipity”

Four ways to win

Leave a comment on this blog post

Visit and follow Author Rebekah S. Fiore on Facebook

Follow Author Rebekah S. Fiore on Twitter

Tweet your support

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Apparitions is available from your favorite ebook retailer; AmazonApple iBooksBarnes & NobleKobo and Smashwords

Do you have any advice as I launch Apparitions?

Please leave a comment and remember to check the box on the giveaway. Thank you!


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Pre-order Apparitions Now

Apparitions

The release of Apparitions on Friday, May 27, 2016, is just days away.  But you don’t have to wait that long, because you can pre-order Apparitions now from your favorite ebook retailer, including Smashwords, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Kobo and Apple.

Thank you!

To my ever loving husband and family, without whose unending, unconditional love and support Apparitions wouldn’t have been possible.  I love you more than you know.  Words are not enough to express my thanks, but thank you!

To Melissa Alvarez of BookCovers.us, your work on the cover design and customer service, have again been excellent.  Having previously worked with you, you can be sure that I’ll work with you again.  Thank you!

To my Beta readers, your input has once again been invaluable.  Thank you!

To all who have bought, or in some cases been gifted the book, and have read through to this point; I’m honored that you’ve spent your precious time with my anonymous characters, and I hope you’ve enjoyed their adventures as much as I did, both during the creative process and each time I have read it.  Thank YOU!

Free Sample

You can read Chapter One of Apparitions here.  Alternately, head over to Smashwords for a free sample and to pre-order

Pre-order Apparitions Now

Click the links below to pre-order Apparitions for your favorite e-reader

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USA, UK, Australia, Brazil, Canada, France, Germany, India, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Netherlands and Spain.

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Thank you!


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Ongoing Writing Process

In the last couple weeks I’ve described the first steps in my writing process, from the conception of the story idea, through to the publication of the book.  Today I share why I believe it’s always an ongoing writing process.

So What’s Next?

While the book is complete, the related writing process continues for me, because, as I’ve said, I see my stories as living things, so the completed book is perhaps only an adolescent.  It still needs nurturing.  The world of books is a scary one and the story needs the author’s and wider family’s help to explore the world.

The wider family of which I speak are not only my family, friends, and beta readers, but in today’s tech savvy world, they are reviewers, social media users, and other authors.  I personally feel that authors, or indeed anyone who writes, should not see our peers as competition, but instead be supportive of each other.  We all need friends and a newly published book is no exception.

Social Media

Social media is a great tool in this ever expanding world and greatly aids the ongoing writing process.  Twitter is one of my favorites and I can be found on there @RebekahSFiore.  The use of hashtags makes both sharing and searching so easy on the site. Here are some I use…

#MondayBlogs ~ For those of us who only post to our blogs on Mondays

#Romance #Romantic #Erotic and #Erotica #EARTG ~ Genre specific. The latter is Erotica Author ReTweet Group

#AmWriting #AmReading ~ Widely used hashtags for anyone who reads or writes, so absolutely everyone

#IndieAuthor #SupportIA #IARTG ~ Specifically for Indie authors. The latter is Indie Author ReTweet Group

#1LineWed ~ Authors share a single line from a work. My One Line Wednesday tweets are currently all taken from Serendipity

#Amazon #Kindle #Ebook #Smashwords #Nook ~ Retailer/ reading

For a comprehensive list of author specific hashtags take a look at this Ultimate List.

What are your favorite hashtags?  Please leave me a comment and let me know.  I’d love to chat


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Next Steps In My Writing Process

In last week’s post I described the first part of my writing process, from conception of a story idea through to the second edit.  This week, I describe the next steps in the process…

First Look

When the second edit is complete, I let others read the story for the first time, either with or without the cover art, which I’ll say more about in a moment.  My nerves always kick up at this point.  I’ve put so much time and effort into the story that letting anyone see it is terrifying.

My husband is always the first to read anything I write, and I’ll implement any changes he suggests.  I then send it to my network of beta readers and friends who are happy to take a look.

If their response is positive, I schedule a publication date.  If, however, they inform of any errors, or have any suggestions, I take those on board and action them where necessary.

Cover Design

Next StepsWhile I’m an artist myself, my artwork differs greatly from what is needed for cover art within the erotic romance genre, so I always outsource cover design.  Whether I go with a custom design or pre-designed cover, I begin seeing the cover imagery in my mind early in the story’s development, and by the time the manuscript is finished, I have a few ideas of what I’d like.

For Serendipity, my first published work, I wanted to keep costs down, so I decided to go with a pre-designed cover.  There are many great designers out there and I used this list as a starting point.  I looked through a number of them, before returning to the first I’d seen, Melissa Alvarez’s BookCovers.us.  The moment I saw the image, I loved it and felt connected to it.  That said, I needed to make sure it was the one, so looked at other images on that site and elsewhere.  I liked some others, so showed my husband three designs and asked him which he liked, without saying which I was drawn to.  He chose the same one and within minutes I’d completed the purchase.

The service from Melissa was exceptional and I knew immediately that I’d work with her again, either for custom work or a pre-designed cover.  The cover of my next publication, Apparitions, is another of Melissa’s pre-designed covers.  Again, I loved it as soon as I saw it and so did my husband, so the decision was made.

The Story Becomes A Book

Once the story is complete, the penultimate step for me is writing the various elements needed to take a story and turn it into a book.  The front and back matter, including the “blurb” or synopsis.

The last step, is perhaps the most important for anyone who independently publishes; formatting everything for publication.  I currently distribute through both Amazon and Smashwords and both have their own slightly different requirements.

I begin by “nuking” my completed manuscript to remove any hidden formatting; by pasting it into Notepad and then into a new Microsoft Word document.  Creating each version from this new Master doesn’t take long at all, around a couple hours.  Each version is then read again to check for any errors.

The submission process for both distributors is easy, and neither take long to publish.  For more control over the publication date, I always allow pre-order period, prior to the official launch date.  Serendipity was available for two weeks ahead of the launch on February 1st.

Seeing the book on a retailer website is a special moment and something that should be celebrated.  It’s another nerve wracking but exciting time in the life of the story as you await the next step.  For me it’s akin to the final weeks of pregnancy, regardless of whether, in reality, you’re physically capable of birth. You’ve nurtured and developed the story for so long and the wait for it’s birth, or launch, is full of emotion.

Part of the fun for me is thanks to Amazon’s thirteen global market websites.  Seeing the book page on each site in the various languages and the seemingly vast differences in price, thanks to the different currency conversions is entertaining for me.

There’s More

While it might seem as if the writing process is complete.  For me there’s still more to it.  In next week’s blog post, I’ll describe the next steps.

Are You An Expectant Parent

Either in reality or as a writer?  Do you get nervous when anyone else reads your story?  Please leave a comment so we can share our experiences of the always emotional time.


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My Birthday Gift To You

Today is my birthday!  I’m one of the lucky people who only get to celebrate their real birthday once every FOUR years!

Celebrating on the actual day is gift enough for me (I usually celebrate March 1st), so instead I’m giving YOU a gift…

Birthday Gift

Birthday GiftSerendipity is available until March 7, 2016 at the celebratory price of 99c instead of the usual $2.99 (or equivalent) in ALL markets…

Amazon: US, UK, Australia, Brazil, Canada, France, Germany, India, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Netherlands, Spain.

Barnes & Noble, Kobo, Apple iBooks and Smashwords

Thanks for helping me celebrate!

 


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Serendipity Launch Giveaway Winners

Serendipity Launch Giveaway Winners

Many, many thanks to everyone who entered the Serendipity Launch Giveaway.  It is my honor to announce the winners…

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1st prize: $10 Amazon Giftcard

Ellie Wright

2nd prize: Copy of Serendipity

Jason Watson

3rd prize: Discount Voucher for Serendipity from Smashwords

Lisa Brown

 All winners will be contacted and have 48 hours to claim their prize.

Thanks again to everyone who entered and spread the word about erotic romance Serendipity


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Serendipity is Available Now and Win Prizes

The long-awaited launch day is finally here and Serendipity is available now!

Serendipity is available nowSerendipity by author Rebekah S. Fiore, is a heartwarming, steamy romantic tale about a couple who finally reveal their secretive adoration for and attraction to each other.

Sam Meyers, a successful businessman in his late forties, spots his high school crush, Kate, as the crowds gather at the beginning of the school’s Homecoming Weekend.  Will he be able to overcome his shyness after so many years and get his girl?  To his relief the answer is yes!

Help spread the word. Win prizes

Giveaway open between February 1, 2016 and February 6, 2016

1st prize: $10 Amazon Giftcard

2nd prize: Copy of Serendipity

3rd prize: Discount voucher for Serendipity

Three ways to win

Visit Author Rebekah S. Fiore on Facebook

Follow Author Rebekah S. Fiore on Twitter

Tweet your support

Enter here:

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Serendipity is available now

You can purchase Serendipity for Kindle in all Amazon markets… US, UK, Australia, Brazil, Canada, France, Germany, India, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Netherlands, Spain.

It is also available globally from Barnes & Noble, Kobo, Apple iBooks and Smashwords

 Do you have any advice for me as I launch Serendipity?

Please leave a comment, I’d love to chat


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Pre-order Serendipity Now

Pre-order Serendipity Now

It’s literally taken years to get to this point and the release of Serendipity is just a week away!  Wow!  But you don’t have to wait a week, you can pre-order Serendipity now from all good ebook retailers.

I’ll give you the links shortly, but before I do, I’d like to take this opportunity to say…

Thank you…

Thank you, my ever loving husband and family for your unending love and support, without which Serendipity wouldn’t have come into being.  I love each of you more than you’ll ever know and words are not enough to express my thanks and gratitude.

I would also like to thank the wonderful Melissa Alvarez of BookCovers.us for her work on the cover design and excellent customer service.  You can be sure that I’ll work with you on future projects!  Thank you!

I also have to thank my beta readers, without whom Serendipity could have been a hot mess.  Much like myself at various times during the writing process!

What They Are Saying…

After reading Serendipity, this is what one of the beta readers had to say about it…

“I loved that the character Kate was as sexually empowered as Sam and broke away from the typical storyline of man seduces woman. It’s a great love story with some hot scenes! So good that the sex was consensual too. Overall, an easy-to-read fast-paced spicy novel.”

Free Samples

If that review has whetted your appetite, you can read Chapter One in last week’s blog post here. Or for more of a sample and to pre-order head over to Smashwords…

Pre-order Serendipity Now

In addition to Smashwords, Serendipity is also available to pre-order from Barnes & Noble, Kobo

Amazon… USA, UK, Australia, Brazil, Canada, France, Germany, India, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Netherlands, and Spain

And the Apple iBook store… USA, UK, Australia, Canada, and New Zealand. For all other locations, please visit the App Store.

Thank you!


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